Leonardo da Vinci

Ingenious Ideas

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is one of the most famous artists and universal scholars in history. He was fascinated by the variety and beauty of nature and – thanks to his unbridled curiosity – focused his studies on a great number of areas. Some 500 years ago, da Vinci developed groundbreaking ideas and insights which were far ahead of his time.

Until February 2, 2025, the interactive exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: IngeniousIdeas" invites visitors to follow in the footsteps of da Vinci and let themselves be inspired by him.

  • Build geometric shapes and complex objects; examine their symmetries, construction and perspective.
  • Combine movements using gears and develop your own machines.
  • Construct – as Leonardo himself once did – a self-supporting bridge from simple sticks and expand the construction with a dome.
  • Become inspired by the dream of flight: Learn about parachutes, aerial screws and the flapping of birds’ wings.

The exhibition is divided into five themed areas. The various stations invite visitors to learn all about the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci as well as to experiment with bridges, mathematics, mechanics and flying machines. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

This exhibition was created by the Mathematikum Gießen.

Guided tours of the MAINS take place on each of the opening days at 3 p.m., a registration is not necessary.

  • Further information

    Venue: MAINS (Mathematics Informatics Station)
    Kurfürstenanlage 52
    69115 Heidelberg
    Phone: +49 6221 533-382
    Dates: October 12, 2023 to February 2, 2025
    (closed September 2 to 30, 2024, December 23, 2024 to January 1, 2025)
    Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Admission: free
    Guided tours of the MAINS: 3 p.m.
    Groups / School Classes: Visiting the exhibition with a free guided tour through the MAINS outside of standard opening hours is possible by appointment. The maximum group size is limited to 35 individuals.
    Send inquiries to: kontakt@heidelberg-mains.org
    Language: German
    Host: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation